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Monthly Archives: June 2016
Steps to Take When a Family in Your Church Receives a Special-Needs Diagnosis
The days after parents hear their child has a disability or special need can be difficult days. They need an anchor to help steady them. Their church should be that anchor. Continue reading
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Dylan Dodson: Can a Christian Suffer from Depression? My Story
Pain and grief were emotions created by God, you should not feel guilty for feeling them. Being depressed does not mean you no longer love Jesus or that Jesus no longer loves you. Continue reading
Are kids with disabilities more welcome at the Cavs’ victory parade than at church?
I found myself thinking that on any given Sunday, most churches wouldn’t use the opportunity of their worship celebrations to intentionally welcome kids with disabilities and their families or to publicly acknowledge their value. J.R. Smith thought to do that for a boy with spina bifida on one of the biggest days of his life. Is it wrong to expect the same from our churches? Continue reading
Eight Outreach Events to Target (and Bless) Special-Needs Families
We see special-needs families as an unreached people group we plan to target. And like missionaries, we are taking the “go and engage” approach instead of just “come and see.” Continue reading
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10 ways to be a safe church for sexual assault survivors
How can our churches be safe places for survivors like me, even those who will never disclose their stories? Continue reading
Posted in Advocacy, Controversies, Hidden Disabilities, Key Ministry, PTSD Tagged Christian counseling, churches, Inclusion, ministry, sexual abuse, Shannon Dingle, survivors, trauma 1 Comment
How dads are impacted when kids have disabilities
You may silently grieve the loss of aspirations you had for your child as well as your inability to share experiences with your child that you dreamed of doing together. Continue reading
Special-Needs Ministry Isn’t Only for Those with Special-Needs
Special-needs ministry doesn’t only take place in a classroom on Sunday morning. It happens in the parking lot, in the hallway, during the service, and even during the week. Continue reading
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Why church leaders need to be talking about sexual assault
70 child abuse allegations are made against churches in the US each week. Continue reading
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Does the media use persons with mental illness as scapegoats for violence?
A new study suggests the media implicates mental illness as a cause of violence with increasing frequency and in doing so, is complicit in increasing the stigma experienced by persons with mental illness and their families.
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Creating Mental Health Ministry in a Local Church – A Year in the Life
If you think mental health ministry is something your church should consider, just start the conversation. If your church is like most, the pastors and staff are already aware of mental health needs in your faith community. Prayerfully consider if Jesus isn’t asking you to step up and reach out to the ones who can’t reach out for themselves. Continue reading